Thursday, February 21, 2013

Waste not, want not

That is a small jar (6 oz?) filled with a mixture of paint and acrylic medium. After stirring those reds and other colors into the mix, I would up with a really nice gray/tannish color. I can't wait to see what it looks like on a work surface. Any time I'm scraping excess paint and medium from a canvas or panel, I always store that excess away for later use. Now that this jar is filled to the brim, I'll probably use it as a base for one of the large pieces that I'll start work on next week.

I have a thing about getting the most out of whatever materials that I use as possible. If I can find a way to repurpose something, I will, as long is the repurposing isn't something that's going to cause problems in a new work. I did the same thing with oil paints when I used them. I'd save oil paint scrapings in a jar of water for later use. Worked like a charm and the chromatic grays I was able to have were fantastic. Much better than just mixing black and white. The best blacks and grays are those that contain mixtures of other colors. I much prefer "dirty" whites to clean whites, as well.


Carole said...

Have you been to KROMA's website ?

They make acrylic paints in Vancouver, Canada. One of their best sellers is called "Vancouver Grey" which is basically made by using their bits and bobs of all sorts of colours. Every batch is different and they only make it once a year.

Tim McFarlane said...

@Carole: Thanks for the link! I'll check into Kroma's paints.